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E.ON oil, gas, and power division increases profits to £208m

In the first six months of 2014 E.ON's UK oil, gas, and power division recorded profits of £208m, up from £159m in the same period of 2013.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Aug 2014
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German solar market drives European demand for smart inverters

Datamonitor's "European Solar Integration Issues" (EN00037-084) looks at strategies used in European power markets for coping with the rapid growth of PV and the role of smart inverters.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jul 2013
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Germany steps closer to shale gas fracking

Angela Merkel's government has agreed a draft law to allow shale gas fracking under certain circumstances, while at the same time reassuring the public by restricting it to zones where no potable groundwater is present. Cost pressures on electricity in the context of an exit from nuclear mean an inevitable turn to gas, but desire to reduce dependency on imports means shale is seen as unavoidable.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Feb 2013
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Major French electricity users unhappy at cost disadvantage compared to Germany

French large energy users are lobbying the government to restructure electricity tariffs. Comparisons with Germany appear to reveal large disparities, placing French industry at a disadvantage; however, no action has yet been taken by the French regulator to address these concerns.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Feb 2013
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Germany shifts to coal to tackle its installed capacity shortfall

Angela Merkel shut down eight of Germany's 17 nuclear plants in 2011 in response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, removing some 10% of Germany's installed capacity. It is not surprising that in light of this shortfall and the delays seen in grid investment, Germany must turn to coal- and gas-fired capacity.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Oct 2012
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Geothermal could account for a significant amount of UK energy if government support is increased

Deep geothermal energy in the UK has the potential to accommodate an installed capacity of 9.5GW of electrical power and 100GWth of heat to the nation's consumers, according to the Renewable Energy Association and a new report by engineering consultants Sinclair Knight Merz. Realizing this, however, will require government buy-in.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jun 2012
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Will Europe follow the US's lead on Chinese solar panel imports?

The US Department of Commerce has found the Chinese government to have been "unfairly" subsidizing its solar panel manufacturing industry, and is imposing punitive tariffs on imports of this technology from the country. It is yet to be seen whether Europe will follow suit.

Published By Datamonitor
22 May 2012
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A costly and abrupt retreat from nuclear in Germany

March 11 marked the first anniversary of Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster. This has caused a particularly marked policy response in Germany, where the decision has been made to abandon nuclear energy by 2022 at an estimated cost of E1.7tn by 2030. The decision appears to be motivated by political considerations rather than factual assessment.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Mar 2012
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Germany's decision on nuclear could open Europe's doors to Gazprom

Germany's decision to phase out nuclear power by 2022 is largely behind RWE's 39% fall in half-year profits. At the very least, the decision will increase Germany's reliance on coal, French (nuclear) power, and Russian gas by 20 billion cubic meters per year. Most worryingly, if unchallenged, it could give Gazprom the keys to European downstream power generation assets.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Aug 2011
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Green investment down in Europe, but long-term prospects still strong

A report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance found that financial investment in large-scale renewable energy in Europe fell by 22% in 2010, and new financial investment in renewables in developing nations overtook that in developed nations. However, despite some immediate challenges, Datamonitor believes that Europe will fare better in attracting financial investment into renewables in the long term.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jul 2011

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